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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Albuquerque.

Friday
Oct242014

APD Communications Director Resigns

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Janet Blair, communications and community outreach director for the Albuquerque Police Department resigned her post on Thursday.

The Albuquerque Police Department announced the news Friday. Her resignation was accepted, and according to the department, "she leaves APD on good standing and in high regards."

Blair had been hired for the job less than a year ago, the Albuquerque Journal says, during the Department of Justice's investigation into APD practices.


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Friday
Oct242014

Investigation Underway After Molotov Cocktail Thrown at Mosque

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police are investigating an incident on Friday morning in which an unknown suspect or suspects threw an explosive device at the Islamic Center on Yale Boulevard Southeast.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, the device is believed to have been a Molotov cocktail, which they think did briefly ignite.

The Mosque suffered texterior smoke damage, but no one was reported injured.

An investigation was underway on Friday afternoon, though no further information regarding the suspect or the incident was made public.


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Friday
Oct242014

Man Shot at Kit Carson Park

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- The search continues for a man in connection to a shooting at Kit Carson Park on Thursday night.

Police said when they responded around 9:45 p.m. to a park, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery, and is in critical condition.

Police were told that a man carrying a rifle had fled the scene, but after searching the surrounding area, officers were unable to locate the suspect.


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Thursday
Oct232014

State Police Bust Pecos Pot Growing Operation

(PECOS, N.M.) -- New Mexico State Police seized more than 600 marijuana plants and more than $1,000 in cash after busting an indoor marijuana growing operation in Pecos.

Officers were tipped off to the operation, prompting a search of the residence on La Posada Road, the Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday.

Homeowner Kyle Christiansen, 27, faces charges of marijuana distribution.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Two Arrested for Wendy's, TJ Maxx Armed Robberies 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Albuquerque Police arrested two men Wednesday in connection to two armed robberies at a Wendy's restaurant and a TJ Maxx.

Officials said Joshua Ivery and Bobbie Trujillo entered the fast food chain at 4900 Central SE, with bandanna's covering their faces and one brandishing a handgun.

During the incident, one suspect struck an employee in the head with the weapon. The two later fled in a green or blue Plymouth Voyager van with a bicycle strapped to the roof.

The victim required medical attention, authorities said.

An hour and a half after the initial robbery, two men matching the suspects' description robbed a nearby TJ Maxx at gunpoint. Again, witnesses said they saw the suspects leave in a blue minivan with a bicycle on top.

Police observed the suspect vehicle at a Valero gas station at the intersection of 8th and Bridge, hours later.

Ivery and Trujillo were taken into custody and book on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy.

The investigation is ongoing.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Rio Rancho Woman Goes Missing

Rio Rancho Police Department(RIO RANCHO, N.M.) -- A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing woman from Rio Rancho.

Rio Rancho Police said 73-year-old Patricia Adams has been missing since Tuesday, and was last seen at her home.

Adams' car is also missing. Police said it's possible she may be driving her teal 1995 Toyota Corolla, with New Mexico license plate: 609-JSP.

Adams has a medical condition that can promote confusion, according to police.

Anyone with information on the woman's whereabouts is asked to contact Rio Rancho Police at 891-7226.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Former Credit Union Employee Pleads Guilty to Federal Bank Fraud 

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A Belen woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal bank fraud charge, admitting to adding amounts to Credit Union customers' loan accounts and using their funds to pay for her own debts.

Louisa Gabaldon, 43, fraudulently withdrew money from customers' accounts while working for the Belen Railroad Employees Credit Union, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

With approval, Gabaldon was able to take and transfer money from accounts and open new loans under customers' names. In addition to paying off her debt, she admitted to using the money to make a partial payment toward a home.

In order to conceal her activity, Gabaldon moved funds to make it appear as if loans had been repaid or money had been replaced.

She faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.  


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Man Arrested for Fire Department Metal Theft

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Albuquerque Police arrested a 30-year-old man accused of stealing more than $34,000 in brass fire truck fittings.

Authorities nabbed Joseph Ross on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly took the metal used to attach fire trucks to water supplies.

"These thefts compromised public safety by impeding the fire departments ability to refill their water supply on the pumper trucks," police said in a statement.

Following an interview with detectives, officials linked Ross to additional property crimes.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Albuquerque Police Investigating Man's Death

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- Police are investigating the death of a man.

According to police, a man was taken from a location on the 4500 block of Carlisle Blvd. Tuesday night, to a local hospital, where he died.

Albuquerque Police haven't released many other details about the man's death, but said: "Detectives and the Office of the Medical Investigator are conducting (an) investigation into the nature and cause of death."


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to a child pornography charge, admitting that he downloaded explicit photos and videos on a file-sharing system.

Authorities arrested Faviano Lopez, of Albuquerque, in July 2014 after Homeland Security and New Mexico State Police initiated an investigation into his online activities.

Lopez admitted to receiving child pornography from May 2013 to February 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced, and is required to register as a sex offender after his release.


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